Friday, January 31, 2014

“Blown Into You” p:51

AyinBase / Ayin Beis with R' Paltiel Friday 30 Shevat 5774 

Page 51

At about 8th line from the end of the page – (line begins: "atzmi...”) For text, click: Here.

Essence is truth itself. It precedes creation. It cannot be described in worldly terms.

There is a 'coming into being' from the essential light (ohr atzmi). That which comes into being is not a different presence from that which bring it about. It is an essence. The created has an element of truth on par with that of the creator. This is like fathering a child.

This applies also to the 'creation' of souls.

The souls' presence is the aspect of the inner essentila light. This is the essence representing itself. The Rebbe brings this in Tanya, 'He blew into him a soul of life' and how blowing is different from speaking...

Blowing comes from the inner force.

It is the souls of Israel that bring a true Godly presence into the world.

The angels burn up in their love and fear of God, yet they can only bring out the external union – a union between the Creator and the created, not an inner union that is 'essence to essence'.

When Israel does a mitzvah it is not to fill a lacking – it is an essential Godly command – and by this they draw into the world the inner essential union.

When we received the Torah we said, 'we will do and learn' (na-aseh and nishmah). The action preceding the understanding. And this is an ongoing principle even after we learn His Torah. This is because what you relate to via your understanding is a relative truth that fits into worldly existence. The reality is 'essence to essence' and this is when we said, 'we're in! - we will do and hear – we will go into reality that is beyond definitions – a fundamental reality!'

This is related to by the essence of the soul, not the intellectual and emotional levels...

If not for the souls of Israel, there would not be a drawing forth of the essence lights at all...

The essence is categorically beyond any kind of presence and representation.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

“Essence to Essence” p:50 – 51

AyinBase / Ayin Beis with R' Paltiel ThursdayNight 29 Shevat 5774 

Page 50

At 4th line from the end of the page – (line begins: "mi-ha-arah...”) For text, click: Here.

We are looking at the differences between creation which comes from an essence, in contrast to that which comes from a reflection/ha-arah.

Think of a car. It is a reflection of the human spirit. The human being perceives himself as a presence in the entire world. He belongs everywhere, and the world belongs to him. A human being is involved in an entire reality even if walking towards a specific destination.

And so the car is a presentation of a broad spirit. And the route he takes is one choice from an instant array. The car is a reflection/ha-arah of this spirit.

When we look at the car do we immediately see this ha-arah? Or do we see a mechanical entity? The reflection gets lost in the item itself. The spirit can get so lost that the car can be used to race in circles, going nowhere!

And essence cannot get lost like this. It is the reality itself. 

We have 3 distinct levels of revelation: 1. in the process of reflection, 2. that represented by the process of creation (creation of something from nothing), and then 3. there is creation in the form of souls, which is its own category. This is like fathering a son (autoe hahmehus).

Something from nothing (yesh mieyen) is the hardest to describe. It seem to belie a source! The something seems to be without a cause. A car is made due to a human spirit, but the car does not replicate that spirit. The spirit enables the car. So too the world and the Creator. It indicates His infinite ability.

The car is an actualization of an aspect of the human spirit on a lower level...

Essence to essence is beyond creation. The soul is a replication. It is called a creation for lack of a better term.

The soul is the very same truth as the Source. The soul is distinct, but not separate creation. It is part of Him... think of the rays of the sun shining through many cracks...

“In One Instant” p:50

AyinBase / Ayin Beis with R' Paltiel Thursday 29 Shevat 5774 

Page 50

At 6th line from the end of the page – (line begins: "ha-atzmit...”) For text, click: Here.

In the creation, just like in giving birth to a son, who is 'him' in a separate presence, the essence, so too it is above... there is an element that represents the Essence itself...

The highest world is atzilus. It is a world that is fully imbued with the Godly truth. And what is above atzilus? This is called atik or kesser.

Atik is called this because the word has the meaning of 'transfer'. It is not a creation or influence from the essence. It is a transfer of a piece of essence.

Chochmah is a perception not of what you discover, but of what you are shown. There is a Reality that shows it to us. This is chochmah's sense of the atik. Chochmah dissolves its own presence completely until it has a sense of atik.

Souls are represented by atik.

Chochmah and delight are one thing, and delight/oneg is the soul.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

“More to The Picture, Than Meets the Eye” p:50

AyinBase / Ayin Beis with R' Paltiel Wednesday 28 Shevat 5774 

Page 50

At 8th line from the end of the page – (line begins: "maskil...”) For text, click: Here.

The mind of the student takes on the 'form' of his master/teacher. It is not that the teacher 'gave' him the mind, its just that he affected it.

We see things not as limited physical things, but as they are being presented to us. Chochmah/wisdom sees things from their inception – the essential truth, not the 'observable element'.

In the physical world two things cannot occupy the same space... but at a higher level (pnimius atik), everything is where it belongs and nothing takes up the space of anything else. This is seeing from a 'truth perspective'.

Atik is an 'essence' level.

So too with souls.

Their essential presence is their essential light (ohr atzmi).

Souls represent that fact that there is an essence.

So when the creation is only from a reflection – a functional element of the light, then what is brought into being is not the reality of the Creator.

The secular view is that there is a constant conflict between everything that exists. We say no. That's not the case. “If you draw your life from Me”, says God, “there will never be a shortage!”

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

“Direct Representation” p:50

AyinBase / Ayin Beis with R' Paltiel Tuesday 27 Shevat 5774 

Page 50

At below the middle of the page – (line begins: "umetziut davar...”) For text, click: Here.

The focus: souls are essential. For us this means that we have an indestructible element. It means we can face any challenge. Our job is to face the challenges and transform them into a neshamah quality. Not to 'just survive'.

Essence has not trigger. Even while it has a function. This is its essence. Take for example, 'why do you want to get married?' is there a reason? There is no secondary reason. There is no 'me' without marriage. It cannot be explained. There are no worldly definitions for this. This is an exclusively Godly reality. 'There is a First Being', who is the source of truth and existence.

Monday, January 27, 2014

“Souls Persist. Forever. ” p:50

AyinBase / Ayin Beis with R' Paltiel Monday 26 Shevat 5774 

Page 50

At about a third from the top of the page – (line begins: "gum...”) For text, click: Here.

We looked at the principle of root/shoresh. What you see at the functional level is due to its source. The souls represent their Source. They have an infinity element. They are there to represent the infinite.

Souls persist infinitely. Into the future when there will be deep changes in creation...

There will be a new heaven and a new earth, but the souls will persist.

Souls don't just, 'give off life' they are the essence of life itself...

Sunday, January 26, 2014

“Soul Roots; Soul Equality” p:50

AyinBase / Ayin Beis with R' Paltiel Sunday 25 Shevat 5774 

Page 50

At about a third from the top of the page – (line begins: "mechulakim...”) For text, click: Here.

We are going to re-introduce the principle of root/shoresh.

Think of this human world... when you see a clock on the wall, what does it allude to? What does it represent? To the clock? Or to the human presence? It indicates the human being. Whether it was put there today or 10 years ago it represents the same thing... It is not accidental. The clock did not land there by accident. If you see it that way it is a false perspective.

The reason you can have this perspective is due to the physical nature of the world.

And if you view the clock with your animal instinct, you will not see what it is. We need to focus on reality not the physical. The physical is a Godly gift, but it should not be abused.

The initial sense of life – our highest faculty is sensed in oneg/delight and ratzon/will. But if it is perverted you just land in a world of low desires.

We need to live on the real level not the 'instinct' level.

Soul sees what instinct does not. The soul intellect sees, 'what initiated this'.  It sees 'behind' the physical. It sees the basis. It sees there is a First Being, that substantiates all reality. By instinct, you will never find it. It is the basis of human consciousness.

Chassidus refers to the root/shoresh of everything. Why not just look at 'what it is'? Because the root is what the reality is. Without the shoresh/root a thing would cease to be.

In the text we are digging in... and putting into words something beyond words... 'the principle that: there is world which is a creation and then there are souls, which are a creation; and they are fundamentally different. The souls have an infinite presence'.

How can souls be limitless? It is a creation so you may think it is limited.

And there are many souls... so this means many intentions in making each soul... so why say they are infinite?

Each soul does not represent its own presence. It represents the Source. This is unique to the souls... even though everything has a Godly source...

The human being has a special reality. All is created by God, but the human being is on a different level. All of creation was made by dibur/speech. And speech can be heard outside the source. The human soul is blown into you. It doesn't have a separate presence. It is continually blown into you.

The world was created to represent its Creator.

He needs to be recognized here. Where is the Godly reality in this world? It is represented as such in the Yid – the Jewish soul.

The Rebbe brings from the Tanya where it says that the souls suit each other, an all represent the same thing... the one soul source. Even while they come down into the world.

This compatibility persists even down here. It is His presence that gives them a presence.

Any differences are just in their faculties. In essence they are equal.

Friday, January 24, 2014

“Beyond The Call of Duty” p:50

AyinBase / Ayin Beis with R' Paltiel Friday 23 Shevat 5774 

Page 50

At about a third from the top of the page – (line begins: "gum...”) For text, click: Here.

The soul represents Godliness itself, as opposed to the features or abilities of Godliness.

Children have to be fed. But you don't have children in order to have children to feed. And children are not born to eat. They are part of a deeper intent...

This is the significance of 'a name'.

When you have guests over for a meal, it is a gathering for the sake of closeness, rather than the food. But if you invite and don't serve the food something is missing. This is world – a context for souls to 'reveal their thing'.

Souls persist eternally. They continue into the future time. There is no such thing as a soul dissipating.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

“Not Just Wood!” p:50

AyinBase / Ayin Beis with R' Paltiel ThursdayNight 22 Shevat 5774

Page 50

At 4th line from the top of the page – (line begins: "mitbatlim...”) For text, click: Here.

We are looking at the principle of soul and Torah being true and essential and not merely reflections.

The world with all its variety is a meaningless desert without a human being to inhabit it.

One human being and everything changes...

What is a human being? Why was he made yechidi/one – male and female in one and not a species? This is because he is a whole world...

The soul is a true thing. Not by its effect, but by its presence. By its reality. It can relate to concepts that are completely beyond the world in which it operates.

The soul is infinite. It persists indefinitely.   

The soul descends world after world, level after level till it is dressed in a physical body.

The human being is massively complex, but there is one spirit that encompasses it. Its purpose is to allow the soul be be here... in order for the brain to experience sechel/mind, it needs the support of the complex body and all its systems...

for those who sense it a table is important – it carries a human purpose. If you don't sense it, 'it is just wood'. So too the human body...

The soul gives the body a soulful quality. You are life in a body. Pure life. Not life supported by circumstance. And that is sensed in the physical... even in a physical setting it remains the same thing.

And in every place, and in every world, it remains what it is... it is not changed... it still functions by its own terms... and that's why the Baal Shem Tov says, 'where a person wants to be, that's where he is'...

The soul is Godliness in essence, even when it is down in this lowest world... it is independent of physicality...

The human being is not in this physical place. He is in the entire world and beyond...! Wherever he wants to be, that's where he is...

this is not like the ha-arah/reflection of Godliness that is dressed in the world.

It you go to the depth of it, 'all souls are equal', as it says in Tanya, chapter 32. There is one Father for all of them.

And what about the souls as they come into the world...? Even as they are drawn into the world they are equal in essence.

“Body & Soul; What is Life?” p:50

AyinBase / Ayin Beis with R' Paltiel Thursday 22 Shevat 5774 

Page 49

At 4th line from the top of the page – (line begins: "mitbatlim...”) For text, click: Here.

The Rebbe has been explaining the difference between Souls and Torah; and everything else in creation.

The souls are true. Davar emitit. A true thing. Something that stands on its own.

And the souls are able to receive essential lights. They can handle it. In essence they can relate to them.

Souls are called 'living'.

Life cannot be grasped. Sechel/mind, cannot define what it is. Those who insist everything can be defined in worldly terms, give life a meaningless description. They focus on functionality.

This element of basing all on the functional element is divorced from real life...

A human being is pure life in a body. It is beyond function. It is a reality.

What do we perceive of life. If you cut your finger it will heal. It heals seamlessly. As if it knows exactly what it has to look like. The fingerprints are unique. The healing will leave the fingerprints intact. This is to say, while the finger was cut, this element was not damaged. We perceive that life never ends. The soul leaves the body eventually, but life does not dissipate...

Where is the soul when it leaves the body?

And where is the soul when it is 'in' the body?

Where does it flow from? It is a Godly presence. When it is in the body or out of the body it is essentially in the same place.

This it the meaning of life. There is no criteria for its existence.

The definition of world is the exact opposite of this. It is all about function.

Torah is not a functional element. You don't have the laws of the Torah, since you need administration of the world – no, it is a thing of truth.

On the contrary, the reason you an ox goring a cow is because it exists in Torah...

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

“Beyond Making Sense” p:49 - 50

AyinBase / Ayin Beis with R' Paltiel Wednesday 21 Shevat 5774 

Page 49

At 8th line from the end of the page – (line begins: "hakatzuv...”) For text, click: Here.

Souls are different from everything in the world, including angels. Souls are a Godly reality. For this reason they can tolerate a sense of truth that is not within worldly parameters.

'World' can tolerate only those things that have a logical progression.

They have a reality beyond, 'what makes sense'.

Angels dissipate if exposed to something that is too great for them.

Each world has its limit and measure and they cannot accept revelations greater...

souls when exposed to revelations of the world, sense within them higher revelations. They see more than what meets the eye.

Within the worldly parameters 1+1 is two ones... but the soul sees it as two.

The fact that you can see a whole panorama at a glance, is a super worldy perception – it is not cumulative. It is not by our observation, but rather due to the reality of what is being presented by the Presenter.

So the soul is able to accept the revelations of the Garden of Eden and of the future.

This is due to the soul not being merely a ha-arah/reflection. It is an essential reality. Thus it can receive all revelations, and even essential lights (lights that are not the result of some kind of emanation).

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

“I Am a Boor; I Am With You” - p:49

AyinBase / Ayin Beis with R' Paltiel Tuesday 20 Shevat 5774 

Page 49

At about the middle of the page – (line begins: "bezeh...”) For text, click: Here.

The soul is completely different to the world. Souls are from essence.

Souls will not dissipate even if exposed to essential lights.

The wisdom of Torah is based on a supreme reality. The mind of man has a sense of this, even if some to the Torah directives seem to be for the sake of smooth running of the worlds. The souls, if worldly, would only relate to things within a functional parameter...

In the Garden of Eden the souls delight in the ray of God. They are not overwhelmed. Deep down they contain that reality. Souls – this is what makes the world a real presence.

Monday, January 20, 2014

No Way to Understand” - p:49 AyinBase / Ayin Beis with 

R' Paltiel Monday 19 Shevat 5774

Page 49

At about the middle of the page – (line begins: "bebriat haolam...”) For text, click: Here.

The decision to create the world is through the souls of the righteous. They are the internal intent in the whole creation. They are the essence of creation.

They are the inner intent of creation.

The initial initiation, is essential. It is an essential reality in Godliness. And this is not just a 'kick-off' and then it runs along on its own... it is not like throwing a ball that continues to fly by inertia. We say the original motivation continues to carry the ball.

The initial force remains the inner intent of the world - the internal vitality of the word.

The souls were created as real entities. Real presences. That is to say they are essential, not just external. They cannot be defined by their effect. They don't dissipate. They can be totally unobtrusive.

They can tolerate revelations of essential, inner lights and not be nullified.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

“Ah-ha” - Review Session - p:49

AyinBase / Ayin Beis with R' Paltiel Sunday 18 Shevat 5774 

In today's session we review a class from last week and try to gain a better understanding of what's being discussed...

Thursday, January 16, 2014

"Out of Town" - Review Sessions

With Rabbi out of town this week, we have been having review sessions.

We have been reviewing Monday's video and not making a video or taking notes. 

We plan to get back to regular posts on Tuesday of next week. 

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

“Rooted in Essence” p:49

AyinBase / Ayin Beis with R' Paltiel Tuesday 13 Shevat 5774 

Page 49

At a few lines below middle of the page – (line begins: "mehus...”) For text, click: Here.

We are saying souls are a real presence and not 'nullified before God'. What is the meaning? The soul is aware of what it is. From this awareness all else flows.

Anything with a functional presence is defined by its function... the soul by contrast identifies itself from an internal perspective. How could that be on a level where there is only God? The soul is very real and is a representative of this initial existence of God.

The souls came into being, not by means of a functional definition. They did not come to fill a gap. The soul is rooted in the essence of Godliness. By Him knowing Himself, he knows the souls. And thus the souls are real...

This is why a Yid is the reality of the world. He holds up the world.

The souls are able to accept revelations of the inner essential lights, and not be nullified by them...

Everything lives from God's awareness. He is not shared. Each one has His full attention.

Think of a king. His presence is not functional. All the people in the nation and the king are one entity. They exist because of the king. In one instance they all get the presence of the king – all at the same time...

We don't appreciate who we are. We measure ourselves with an 'accomplishment' yardstick. This is the basis of our pains and troubles. We have an inner reality.

Why do we go back to the awareness? Because awareness is where the king is.